Tune: Half and Half
· Parting Grief
When I receive his letter, my tears rain;
I am afraid to open it, for again and again
He said he’d come back, but in vain.
How could I not grow thin and my grief be appeased?
When one half has decreased, the other has increased.
I take his letter near at hand,
And read it by lamplight carefully.
He wrote carelessly these two lines or three,
Which I am anxious to understand.
Half of his letter is torn apart,
Another half burns my heart.
My golden robe turns loose since my love from me parted;
My powdered face and jadelike skin look broken-hearted.
Tears dripping drop by drop only known to my sleeves, I
Wait for him with a sigh,
My sleeves are half wet and half dry.
“Tune: Half and Half · Parting Grief–” is a suite composed by the great Chinese opera singer Guan Hanqing, consisting of four small orders. The four pieces are written in the same tune, each in a single rhyme, and depict the development of love between a young man and a young woman who fall in love at first sight and miss each other after parting. The group is written in a bold and spirited manner, without any scruples, with a strong side of aesthetic emotion, but without a hidden side of aesthetic emotion, reflecting the characteristics of Guan’s elegant and vulgar songs, and the original color of the line.